A loan of $3,675 helped a member buy perfume, clothing, and ingredients for the Mexican food she makes.

Matamoros Group's story

52-year old Narcisa is single and has only primary education. She is one of the members of the Matamoros group. Ever since she was a young girl she has been in business selling a little of everything to make a living. She notes, 'I have never been afraid of work. I don't like having nothing to do, and I'm always looking for ways to earn money.'

Currently Narcisa sells Mexican food, clothing, and perfume. The snacks she makes daily in her house according to the orders she has from the previous day, and then delivers them. She works as a cook in a small local restaurant so can use the opportunity to sell clothing and perfume to her work mates and customers. In the afternoons she sells the products door to door and as she is well known, this sometimes results in orders too. Narcisa is a very enterprising woman with a great desire to get ahead.

A loan from Kiva and VisionFund will help her buy a variety of perfumes, clothing (shirts, blouses, t-shirts, pants, dresses, shorts, skirts, underwear) as well as oil, beans, tortillas, mayo, cheese, lettuce, chicken, beef, chilies, potatoes, onion, tomatoes, and garlic-- the ingredients for the dishes she makes.

Narcisa hopes that her business will continue to prosper so she can improve her standard of living.

The other members of the group are:
Marisol (soft drink sales)
Berenice (beauty salon)
Ignacio (food sales)
Ysidra (corner store)
Aeropajita (lingerie sales)
Rosa Aurora (food sales)
Domingo (footwear sales)
Nelly (seamstress)

In this group: Marisol, Berenice, Narcisa, Ignacia Yolanda, Ysidra, Aeropajita, Rosa Aurora, Rosa, Domingo, Nelly

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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